It’s become kind of a silly cliché for twenty-somethings to reminisce about the good old days (a long, long time ago in the 1990s) and say they feel old. I’m guilty of it. But I know I’m not old; it’s just that some things really put into perspective how quickly time goes by, and even though it seems like just yesterday you were a carefree kid, that time is over. Few things make me feel that way more than realizing a celebrity kid has grown up.
I even experience it with celebrities who are around my age, because while I’ve been looking at myself in the mirror each day as my face gradually ages, with celebrity kids it can seem like such an overnight transformation. You look away for a few months and suddenly they look so much older. And then you realize you look much older. And then you have an existential crisis and curl up in a little ball in the corner.
These are the fifteen celebrity kids I can’t accept are all grown up now. If you’re anything like me, you probably agree.
1. Abigail Breslin
Wait a minute, wasn’t I just going to the movies to see Little Miss Sunshine like two months ago? And wasn’t it like yesterday that I was watching her on the red carpet at the Oscars marveling that a 10-year-old was nominated? Now she’s 17 and posing topless and dating a 25-year-old? Nooooo.
2-3. Dylan and Cole Sprouse
I didn’t look at those Dylan Sprouse nude photos because I’m a classy lady, but just knowing they exist is enough to make me freak out about how fast time flies. And just look at these two! Cole isn’t supposed to be an adult; he’s supposed to be Ross Geller’s annoying son Ben.
4. Freddie Highmore
I used to call this kid Freddie Cry-more because he made me sob uncontrollably opposite Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland. Now he’s a handsome young man starring on a super-serious TV series as one of cinema’s most famous murders. How did it come to this?
5. Dakota Fanning
Who are you and what have you done with that tiny little Uptown Girl I used to know? Next thing you know your sister Elle will be all grown up and I’ll just throw in the towel completely.
6. Jonathan Lipnicki
Please, Jonathan Lipnicki, put on those nerdy glasses and remind me how much the human head weighs. And while you’re at it stop growing chest hair.
7. Taylor Momsen
I remember saying, “Wow, she’s so grown up!” when I realized the girl playing Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl was the same girl who played Cindy Lou Who. Then she started wearing raccoon makeup and posing for Maxim and that simple exclamation turned into wordless screaming only dogs could hear.